June 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's and the Philadelphia basketball community mourn the loss of another legend as public address announcer John McAdams, 64, passed away early Thursday morning in his sleep.
McAdams was the voice of Big 5 basketball at The Palestra for 24 years but also called countless college games in the city, including Hawks' men's basketball games at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for over 15 years.
"The news of John McAdams' passing causes a moment of reflection because the Philadelphia basketball community has lost another good man. It is a time of reflection and contemplation with regards to all of the people behind the scenes who make Philadelphia sports so special. To John's family I offer my deepest sympathy, and my thoughts and prayers are with them," said Saint Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli.
One of the busiest men in the city, it was estimated that McAdams announced close to 300 games a year. Beyond his work with the Big 5, McAdams was the public address announcer for minor league baseball's Wilmington Blue Rocks, was the official scorer for both the Reading and Philadelphia Phillies, and was the press box public address announcer for the Philadelphia Eagles.
McAdams could also be found behind the microphone anytime the city hosted an NCAA event or major conference championship, including the 2001 NCAA East Regional at the Wachovia Center, the Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships and the 2005 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship.
He is survived by his wife Nancy. The viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Donohue's Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA, with the funeral following at 11:30.